Construction worker injured on Interstate 80 near Wanship
June 23, 2015
A construction worker sustained severe injuries to his lower legs Monday night when he fell into a cement auger on Interstate 80 near Wanship.
The 52-year-old man was working on equipment in the construction area of westbound I-80 near mile marker 154 at approximately 6:15 p.m. when he somehow got entangled in the equipment, according to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce. Royce described an auger as a piece of equipment that moves cement in construction zones similar to a conveyor belt.
Royce said the man was transported by ambulance to Wanship and then flown to hopsital in Salt Lake City.
Royce described the victim’s injuries as "critical, but not life threatening." He said the incident is being treated as an industrial accident.
The victim’s name and hometown were not released.
Westbound traffic on I-80 was not impacted because the accident occurred in an area where traffic is already shifted over into the eastbound lanes.
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The Utah Department of Transportation, in a statement, said it has suspended paving operations on I-80 due to the accident.
According to the statement, UDOT’s primary focus is the "recovery and well-being of our team member, and the safety of our workers is our top priority. We are working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) to investigate the incident."
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